EEC office finalises plan for high-speed railway districts

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The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) office is on the brink of completing a commercial development plan for districts within Chon Buri and Chachoengsao. This initiative is a segment of the projected high-speed rail system set to connect Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, and U-Tapao airports.

After a recent discussion in Pattaya City, recommendations are now being collated into an actionable outline for commercial expansion within these areas, confirmed by the office’s director, Sirima Hiruncharoenvate. This strategy will be presented to the EEC Policy Committee for the green light and subsequently to the Cabinet in the upcoming year.

This scheme involves the construction of stations for the high-speed railway system, one located in Pattaya City and the other in Chachoengsao. It is designed to enhance the regions surrounding the railway stations without necessitating land expropriation, as stated by Sirima.

Interested landlords are invited to contribute to this joint venture by initially presenting their suggestions to the office. Concurrently, a 280-rai section of land across Tambon Na Kleau and Tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamung district suggested for incorporation into the scheme, will be sectioned into three areas each with unique purposes, said Sirima.

“The first area, encompassing 97 rai of land, is projected to function as the operational centre for the rail service and associated businesses.”

The second area, spanning 83 rai, is intended to facilitate connections where passengers can utilise various public transport services post-train journey. It will also accommodate a multipurpose complex for international business, trade, tourism, and services, reported Bangkok

The last area, covering 100 rai, is planned for residential project development. Veekij Manarojkij, head of the Bang Lamung district office, believes the high-speed train project will enhance the value of local businesses and tourism.

In related news, the newly inaugurated dual-track train line on December 15 promises faster travel times and increased efficiency for Hua Hin’s commuters. Yet, confusion reigns among the public as they grapple with the distinction between this groundbreaking initiative and the upcoming high-speed train project.

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